Does Cancer Show on a X-Ray?


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Cancer shows up on certain types of medical X-rays, making it an essential tool in detecting cancer, according to Cancer Research UK. X-ray radiation poses some health risks, but the potential diagnostic and preventive benefits typically outweigh the risks of the radiation.

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Does Cancer Show on a X-Ray?
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Cancer Research UK states that mammography is the type of medical imaging test involving X-ray use that is utilized to detect breast cancer. Some cancers are detected through computed tomography. The average person has a one in three risk of developing cancer. While medical X-rays contribute a relatively minuscule amount to this risk, people should avoid unnecessary X-rays. Young patients are at higher risk of radiation-induced cancers than patients ages 17 to 69. Those over 70 are at very low risk of developing these cancers.

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